100 Film Musicals

100 Film Musicals

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i"?From the coming of sound to the 1960s, the musical was central to Hollywood production. Exhibiting -- often in spectacular fashion -- the remarkable resources of the Hollywood studios, musicals came to epitomise the very idea of 'light entertainment'. Films like Top Hat and 42nd Street, Meet Me in St. Louis and On the Town, Singin' in the Rain and Oklahoma!, West Side Story and The Sound of Music were hugely popular, yet were commonly regarded by cultural commentators as trivial and escapist. It was the 1970s before serious study of the Hollywood musical began to change critical attitudes and foster an interest in musical films produced in other cultures. Hollywood musicals have become less common, but the genre persists and both academic interest in and fond nostalgia for the musical shows no signs of abating. 100 Film Musicals provides a stimulating overview of the genre's development, its major themes and the critical debates it has provoked. While centred on the dominant Hollywood tradition, 100 Film Musicals includes films from countries that often tried to emulate the Hollywood style, like Britain and Germany, as well as from very different cultures like India, Egypt and Japan. Jim Hillier and Douglas Pye also discuss post-1960s films from many different sources which adapt and reflect on the conventions of the genre, including recent examples such as Moulin Rouge! and High School Musical, demonstrating that the genre is still very much alive.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 130 x 172 x 24mm | 480.81g
  • British Film Institute
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0, 35 black & white halftones
  • 1844573796
  • 9781844573790

About Jim Hillier

JIM HILLIER and DOUGLAS PYE are Visiting Fellows in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. Jim Hillier's recent publications include 100 Film Noirs (2009, with Alastair Phillips) and American Independent Cinema (2001). Douglas Pye's recent publications include Style and Meaning (2005, with John Gibbs) and The Movie Book of the Western (1996, with Ian Cameron).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Afrita Hanem, Henri Barakat, 1949 An American in Paris, Vincente Minnelli, 1951 Anchors Aweigh, George Sidney, 1945 Ansiedad, Miguel Zacarias, 1953 Applause, Rouben Mamoulian, 1929 The Band Wagon, Vincente Minnelli, 1953 Cabaret, Bob Fosse, 1972 Cabin in the Sky, Vincente Minnelli, 1943 Calamity Jane, David Butler, 1953 Car Wash, Michael Schultz, 1976 Carmen Jones, Otto Preminger, 1954 Carousel, Henry King, 1956 Cavalcade, Frank Lloyd, 1933 Chicago, Rob Marshall, 2002 Come On George!, Anthony Kimmins, 1939 Cover Girl, Charles Vidor, 1944 Dancer in the Dark, Lars von Trier, 2000 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, Jacques Demy, 1967 Dil se!, Mani Ratnam, 1998 Die Dreigroschenoper, G.W. Pabst, 1931 Easter Parade, Charles Walters, 1948 Evergreen, Victor Saville, 1934 Flying Down to Rio, Thornton Freeland, 1933 Footlight Parade, Lloyd Bacon, 1933 Footloose, Herbert Ross, 1984 42nd Street, Lloyd Bacon, 1933 Funny Face, Stanley Donen, 1957 Funny Girl, William Wyler, 1968 The Gay Divorcee, Mark Sandrich, 1934 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Howard Hawks, 1953 The Girl Can't Help It, Frank Tashlin, 1956 Gold Diggers of 1933, Mervyn LeRoy, 1933 Golden Eighties, Chantal Akerman, 1986 Grease, Randal Kleiser, 1978 Guys and Dolls, Joseph L Mankiewicz, 1955 Hallelujah!, King Vidor, 1929 A Hard Day's Night, Richard Lester, 1964 The Harder they Come, Perry Henzell, 1972 High School Musical, Kenny Ortega, 2006 Holiday Inn, Mark Sandrich, 1942 8 femmes, Francois Ozon, 2002 It's Always Fair Weather, Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1955 Jailhouse Rock, Richard Thorpe, 1957 Janken musume, Sugie Toshio, 1955 The Jazz Singer, Alan Crosland, 1927 Kiss Me Kate, George Sidney, 1953 Der Kongress tanzt, Erik Charel, 1931 Little Shop of Horrors, Frank Oz, 1986 The Littlest Rebel, David Butler, 1935 Love Me or Leave Me, Charles Vidor, 1955 Love Me Tonight, Rouben Mamoulian, 1932 The Love Parade, Ernst Lubitsch, 1929 Mary Poppins, Robert Stevenson, 1964 Meet Me in St Louis, Vincente Minnelli, 1944 The Merry Widow, Ernst Lubitsch, 1934 Le Million, Rene Clair, 1931 Moulin Rouge!, Baz Lurhman, 2001 The Music Man, Morton DaCosta, 1962 Nashville, Robert Altman, 1975 Naughty Marietta, Robert Z Leonard/W S van Dyke, 1935 New York, New York, Martin Scorsese, 1977 Oklahoma!, Fred Zinnemann, 1955 Oliver!, Carol Reed, 1968 One from the Heart, Francis Ford Coppola, 1982 One Hour with You, Ernst Lubitsch/George Cukor, 1932 100 Men and a Girl, Henry Koster, 1937 On the Town, Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1949 Opera Jawa, Garin Nugroho, 2006 Original Cast Album: Company, D. A. Pennebaker, 1970 The Pajama Game, George Abbott/Stanley Donen, 1957 Pakeezah, Kamal Amrohi, 1972 Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Jacques Demy, 1964 Pas sur la bouche, Alain Resnais, 2003 The Pirate, Vincente Minnelli, 1948 Pyaasa, Guru Dutt, 1957 The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975 Saturday Night Fever, John Badham, 1977 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Stanley Donen, 1954 Sholay, Ramesh Sippy, 1975 Show Boat, James Whale, 1936 Shree 420, Raj Kapoor, 1955 Silk Stockings, Rouben Mamoulian, 1957 Sing as We Go, Basil Dean, 1934 Singin' in the Rain, Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1952 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, David Hand, 1937 The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965 A Star is Born, George Cukor, 1954 Stormy Weather, Andrew L. Stone, 1943 Summer Holiday, Rouben Mamoulian, 1948 Swing Time, George Stevens, 1936 Top Hat, Mark Sandrich, 1935 True Stories, David Byrne, 1986 Viktor und Viktoria, Reinhold Schunzle, 1933 Volga-Volga, Grigori Aleksandrov, 1938 West Side Story, Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins, 1961 The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939 Yankee Doodle Dandy, Michael Curtiz, 1942 You and Me, Fritz Lang, 1938 Ziegfeld Follies, Vincente Minnelli et al, 1946 Zouzou, Marc Allegret, 1934 References Further Reading Indexshow more